Neymar assures Barcelona of being fit for coming season

Barcelona striker Neymar’s injured back is healing well and the Brazil striker is aiming to return to action in a friendly for Barcelona on 18 August, reports The Guardian.

Neymar fractured a bone in his back following a challenge from Colombia’s Juan Zúñiga in Brazil’s World Cup quarter-final victory and was ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

The 22-year-old is due back at Barcelona on 5 August, and told reporters at a promotional event in Japan that he will be ready to play.

“I am recovering bit by bit from the injury and I will arrive in Barcelona at 100%,” he said.“I want to have a good season and I would like to help my team-mates get good results.”

TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE TRANSFERS: Suarez No4 after quitting Liverpool for Barcelona

Luis Suarez‘s move from Liverpool to Barcelona makes the Uruguayan the fourth most expensive transfer in history.

 

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TOP TEN MOST EXPENSIVE TRANSFERS:

1 – Neymar (BRA) in 2013 from Santos to FC Barcelona: €99.7M

2 – Cristiano Ronaldo (POR) in 2009 from Manchester United to Real Madrid: €96M

3 – Gareth Bale (WAL) in 2013 from Real Madrid to Tottenham: €91M

4 – Luis Suarez (URU) in 2014 from Liverpool to FC Barcelona: €81M

5 – Zinedine Zidane (FRA) in 2001 from Juventus to Real Madrid: €75M

6 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (SWE) in 2009 from Inter Milan to FC Barcelona: €70M

7 – Kaka (BRA) in 2009 from AC Milan to Real Madrid: €67M

8 – Edinson Cavani (URU) in 2013 from Napoli to Paris Saint Germain: €64M

9 – Luis Figo (POR) in 2000 from FC Barcelona to Real Madrid: €61M

10 – Radamel Falcao (COL) in 2013 from Atlético Madrid to Monaco: €60M

REVEALED: The weird Liverpool number request from Markovic

The best No50 ever to wear a Liverpool shirt?

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That’s the prospect for Reds fans this season with Lazar Markovic on the brink of signing.

A Bola says the midfielder has been subject of a £20million bid from the Reds as they look to bring in replacements for Luis Suarez.

He is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Merseyside club.

He was reportedly spotted in Liverpool yesterday and has requested the No.50 shirt, which he used to wear at Benfica.

Alexis joins Arsenal with love scandal hanging over him

Alexis Sanchez has arrived at Arsenal with a love scandal hanging over his head.

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The Sunday People reports the ex-girlfriend of new Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez claims she is pregnant with his child.

The revelation has rocked the £30million man’s current girlfriend Laia Grassi, who was pictured posing in an Arsenal shirt after the well-known womaniser joined the Gunners from Barcelona on Friday.

Mary Plaza, 27, says she is now three months pregnant with the Chile forward’s baby and added: “I’m very happy.

“I feel bad for his girlfriend and for her family but Alexis already knows.

“He knows I’m going to go through with the pregnancy and that I’m delighted the child is his.

“I’ve felt awful these first three months but now I’m better.

“I don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl, I just want it to be healthy.”

Sanchez’s new girlfriend Laia, a Spanish art director and designer, has made it clear she is standing by her man despite the pregnancy reports.

She has posted a picture of her and Alexis on her Instagram page with the message: ‘Amor Verdadero’ – Spanish for ‘True Love.’

She has also published another picture of her with a horse in a beautiful country landscape alongside the words: ‘Keep calm.’

NEW GOONER! Khedira agrees 4-year Arsenal contract

Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has agreed to join Arsenal.

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Khedira was also wanted by Chelsea, where former Real coach Jose Mourinho was keen on a reunion. However, Sport says Khedira already has agreed personal terms with the Gunners.

The World Cup winner will soon sign a four-year Arsenal contract worth €10 million-a-season.

Khedira is inside the final year of his Real deal and has felt undervalued by management since Mourinho’s departure.

Real boss Carlo Ancelotti has convinced Khedira to stay, but it’s all too late for the German, whose mind is now in London.

Real will seek €25 million for the midfielder.

Real Madrid make breakthrough in Falcao transfer push

The Spanish giants are believed to be close to securing a deal to bring the Colombian to the Bernabeu, despite Monaco insisting that their highly-rated striker is not for sale

Real Madrid make breakthrough in Falcao transfer push

Real Madrid are in advanced discussions to make Radamel Falcao their latest Galactico, Goal understands.

The Colombia international has expressed his desire to return to Spain following an injury-interrupted season at AS Monaco.

Goal can confirm an outline agreement has been reached, with further discussions over the transfer fee planned.

Though his current contract does not specify a release fee, it was signed last May on the understanding that Falcao would be permitted to leave the club should an attractive offer emerge at the end of his first season there.

Monaco will expect Madrid to match the €60million transfer fee they paid to sign the former Porto striker from Atletico, although, publicly at least, the Ligue 1 club remain adamant they will not be selling their star striker this summer.

“There are no negotiations with any club for Falcao,” said Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev on Thursday.

When questioned on whether Falcao had asked to leave, he replied: “We have not talked about that. We count on him and believe he will have a great season in 2014-2015.

“Nobody is not transferable, I don’t know of any examples in football – yet there is no discussion, we rely on him.”

The 28-year-old missed his nation’s impressive run to the World Cup quarter-finals after damaging his left anterior cruciate ligament during a French Cup tie in January, and the transfer to Madrid is being delayed by his rehabilitation from that setback.

Madrid’s medical department have taken a cautious approach to assessing the player’s recovery, requesting that they be granted the opportunity to see Falcao on the pitch before greenlighting the move.
     
Madrid president Florentino Perez is a long standing admirer of Falcao, having attempted to prise the forward from Atletico Madrid during a two-season spell in which he scored 70 goals in 91 appearances for their cross-city rivals.

Atletico, however, refused to allow their leading scorer to join Los Blancos, paving the way for a move to newly-enriched Monaco instead.
     
Falcao has scored 153 times in 197 club matches in the five seasons since he left South America for Porto, winning back-to-back Europa Leagues and four national trophies.